I bet everyone is really excited for Parliament to be returning to business on Monday, I know that I am! YES, YES, YES! Iggy's fall voting attendance was 19%, so we will see if he shows up to vote on legislation more than 1 in 5 votes. I can't say that I'm optimistic on that one. Has Ignatieff been the most absent MP in this session of Parliament? YES YES YES! 30 of the top 40 most absent MPs are Liberals. Making democracy work by not showing up to vote. Remember last year about this time when they were screaming how important it was that Parliament be allowed to do its job? After all that sanctimonious rambling, you would expect them to show up to work a little more often.
By contrast, how often do Tory MPs show up to work? 92 of the top 100 most present MPs are Conservative. Now the Tories need to craft an eagerly anticipated budget, but I need to warn Mr. Flaherty that he should think twice before putting any Liberal policy positions into his budget. There is a risk that the Liberals will suddenly decide it is advantageous to switch positions and attack the government for agreeing with them in the first place. I know that it may feel healthy for a democratically elected government to include policies of the opposition parties in their legislation, but the Liberals will attack you for agreeing with them.